Dawning of iOS 8 along with its numerous application updates and new features has also introduced new line of bugs which prompted many users to look for ways to downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2.

The errors that surfaced during the working of the new OS have varied in their nature from blue screen of death to issues with status bar. Many of the iPad users have reported Blue screen of death within hours after upgrading to iOS 8. Several have suffered auto-reboot into the recovery mode after updating resulting in the loss of data.

Apple itself discovered bug in the newly added healthkit app. Some other tricky bugs are the ghost status bar bug, keyboard switching bug, automatic VPN bug, issues due to lack of camera roll feature, problems with spotlight preferences etc.

All these problems have made downgrading a necessity but users have to remember to continue right away with the downgrading procedure as there are chances that APPLE would stop the signing of iOS 7.1.2 as it has done at the release of the previous versions to facilitate their use.

Steps to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2

Downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2

1. Find out if apple is allowing to downgrade: go to http://api.ineal.me/tss/status and find out whether Apple has stopped the signing of iOS 7.12. At the time of writing, Apple hasn’t stopped yet.

  • Using the list find the identifier for your device
  • Using the identifier find out from the list if your device is still available for signing. If yes then move along.

2. Download IPSW package: as per your device download the iOS 7.1.2 firmware from the following link http://www.ipswdownloader.com/. Once the package is downloaded you can move to the next step.

3. Turn-off find my iPhone: once the package has been downloaded you must turn off find my iPhone on you device and in order to do that follow the steps:

  • Go to settings
  • Find the iCloud settings and tap on them.

From among the list find and turn off the find my iPhone feature.

4. Fire up your mac: after turning off the find my iPhone fire up you mac and connect your device with mac using USB cable.

5. Turn on the iTunes: click on the iTunes button on you mac and open the iTunes application.

6. Select summary tab: form among the tabs given above select the summary option and you will find the restore iPhones icon on slab headed by iOS 8 bar.

7. Click on restore iPhone: click on restore iPhone bar and select the firmware that you have downloaded from the group of icons. A pop-up will appear in asking for confirmation for the restore click restore. The process of downgrading will commence at once.

The process will take a few minutes and once it is complete a confirmation dialog box will appear and you operating system has downgraded from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2.

The procedure given above can be applied if only you have windows 7 or mac OS. It would be wise to back up your data and important files before starting with the process in order to prevent the loss of information.